The Andhra Pradesh government will work together with technology firm Microsoft on a TV ‘white spaces’ project, a technology that uses unused TV spectrum to deliver low-cost internet connectivity to users. This is one of the first such initiatives by any state in India.
“This first-of-its-kind pilot is being initiated by Microsoft. The department of telecommunications, department of electronics and information technology and the Education and Research Network are working with the government of Andhra Pradesh to bring low-cost broadband internet connectivity to four educational institutions in the district of Srikakulam which had no internet connectivity earlier. With the Zilla Parishad High School at Voppangi as the base station, the other three campuses are receivers located at distances of 10 km or more from the base station,” said a release from the AP government.